Dare to Fail Greatly

With your art, are you willing to fail greatly? In your life, do you have a deep inner conviction that you really are on the right track? Even though it all may blow up in your face? Are you willing to appear wrong because what you’re doing is right?  Even if you’re doing the unthinkable, will you forge ahead even though you may fail? Our willingness to risk great things and fail in the process says a lot about our faith and who we are. Read on…



Before this week gets ahead of you, I’d like you to re-examine your highest priorities for the week ahead. Consider the purpose God has called you to pursue. Who He is making you to be. What glorious outcomes are possible by your willingness to dare great things.

Come what may this week in your art, your life and your faith, I want to encourage you risk great things for God.

I want all of us to dare to fail greatly. You see, as you already know, it’s not about us. It’s about walking with God and daily entering into the wonderful story He is writing and weaving throughout our lives.

I said this in my last post, but before you read this wonderful quote by Teddy Roosevelt, I think this bears repeating:

“The world is not served by you living small.” (Click here if you’d like to Tweet This.)

When you choose to dare great things, even at the cost of failure, you know you’re not living small.

You know you’ll never be called timid. You’ll know that you standing square in the arena.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Questions: Are you willing to fail greatly? What dream are you pursuing that is worth that risk? Share in the Comments

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  • Neil O’Connor

    I have nothing to gain unless I fail! Freedom of failure is the only way we grow. Watch me fail and celebrate!

    • http://www.joeyo.org/ Joey O’Connor

      No, watch me fail! I’ve done very good falling, flailing, and getting up again. My next book will be (or my last will and testament!) “My Life as A Crash-Test Dummy!”